07:55 Friday 21 February 2014

Burton man, 36, remanded in custody in connection with stabbing

Written byLAURA HAMMOND AND SARAH BOULD

A BURTON man has been remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates accused of a stabbing in a residential street in the town.

Carlton Hines, of Waterloo Street, was brought before Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being charged with wounding with intent, following an alleged knife attack on a 30-year-old man on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who handed himself into police on Wednesday after learning that officers wanted to speak to him, will remain in custody until a hearing at Stafford Crown Court on March 10.

Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, told the bench the case was in its early stages and requested Hines be remanded in custody.

He said the situation would be reviewed as investigations continued.

“We are at a very early stage, and as it goes on we have a duty to review. If, for any reason, the test is not met, we have a duty to come back to the court immediately,” he added.

Philip Haycock, mitigating, made an application for bail, but this was refused by magistrates.

The attack took place at 12.15pm in Albert Street and saw the victim flown to hospital with injuries to his stomach. He remains in a stable condition.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, from East Staffordshire Police, said officers were continuing investigations, but the incident was not being linked to other ongoing operations, including Operation Nemesis.

He said: “It is completely separate and it certainly wasn’t a ‘stranger’ incident.”

Inspector Maskrey said he could not release further details of why the incident may have taken place but wanted to reassure the community there is still a police presence in the area.

He said: “If they have any questions, officers can answer them. We don’t want people to be sat at home worried and not letting their kids go out.”

Meanwhile, five men who were arrested for an attempted break-in at a house in Waterloo Street have been released on bail.

Inspector Maskrey said it was not yet known if the incidents were being linked to the attack.

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